Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment

Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment

by Nezar AlSayyad


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Despite strong forces toward globalization, much of late 20th century urbanism demonstrates a movement toward cultural differentiation. Such factors as ethnicity and religious and cultural heritages have led to the concept of hybridity as a shaper of identity. Challenging the common assumption that hybrid peoples create hybrid places and hybrid places house hybrid people, this book suggests that hybrid environments do not always accommodate pluralistic tendencies or multicultural practices. In contrast to the standard position that hybrid space results from the merger of two cultures, the book introduces the concept of a third place and argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the principal.

In contributed chapters, the book provides case studies of the third place, enabling a comparative and transnational examination of the complexity of hybridity. The book is divided into two parts. Part one deals with pre-20th century examples of places that capture the intersection of modernity and hybridity. Part two considers equivalent sites in the late 20th century, demonstrating how hybridity has been a central feature of globalization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275966126
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2001
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

NEZAR ALSAYYAD is Professor of Architecture and Planning and Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California—Berkeley. He has been director of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments and chief editor of its journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review since 1988. His published books include Cities and Caliphs (Greenwood, 1991) and Forms of Dominance (1993).

Table of Contents


Hybrid Culture/Hybrid Urbanism: Pandora's Box of the "Third Place" by Nezar Alsayyad

Identity and Tradition in Premodern Urbanism

Cross-Cultural Currents: Swahili Urbanism in the Late Middle Ages by Thomas R. Gensheimer

Orchestrating Difference, Performing identity: Urban Space and Public Rituals in Nineteenth-Century Izmir by Sibel Zandi-Sayek

California Chinatowns: Built Environments Expressing the Hybrid Culture of Chinese Americans by Christopher L. Yip

A Colonial Portrait of Jerusalem: British Architecture in Mandate-Era Palestine by Ron Fuchs and Gilbert Herbert

Modernity, Globalization and Urban Form

Stages of Globalization in the African Context: Mombasa by Ali A. Mazrui

Rethinking Heritage Politics in a Global Context: A View from Istanbul by Ayfer Bartu

Learning From Chinatown: The Search for a Modern Chinese Architectural Identity, 1911-1998 by Anne-Marie Broudehoux

Building Culture in Divided Berlin: Globalization and the Cold War by Greg Castillo

Porous Boundaries: Fence Patterns and Mexican-American Identity in San Antonio, Texas by Robert Mugerauer

The Reverse Side of the World: Identity, Space, and Power by Ananya Roy

Selected Bibliography


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